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"You and I can make peace happen"
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
September 06, 2010
Minister, Honorable Thokozani Khupe officiated the launch of a peace
building and transitional justice project on the 31st of August
at the Belgravia sports club in Harare. The event was organized
by Restoration Of Human Rights Zimbabwe (ROHR), Centre
for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ), Catholic
Commission Justice Peace (CCJP) and Victim Action Committee
(VAC), a consortium of the leading organizations to the initiative.
Over hundred stakeholders attended the function representing various
sections of the community including the co- minister of Home Affairs
honorable Theresa Makoni.
Minister (DPM), honorable Thokozani Khupe challenged the nation
to join hands and conquer the barriers created by party politics,
stigmatization, stereo types, gender and race towards building a
peaceful conducive environment to enable economic growth. She said
"without respect for human rights there is no freedom, there
is no human dignity, no justice, no fairness or liberation to talk
Honorable Khupe also
reiterated that for Zimbabwe to move forward there is need for unity
among Zimbabweans. She also pin pointed that credibility; respect
and trust are pertinent values to be earned for a genuine national
healing process to take place.
The minister of Home
Affairs, honorable Theresa Makoni said'' the coalition
government was a compromise set up in which people should locate
opportunities to forge ahead to bring real change.
Speaking to the media,
ROHR Zimbabwe director Tichanzii Gandanga said the initiative was
aimed to encourage the nation to assume deliberate efforts in achieving
peace and building bridges into the future to a national vision
cemented on democratic principles, respect for human rights, justice,
tolerance, core existence and cohesion. He emphasized that peace
is an individual effort and inevitable responsibility regardless
of political affiliation.
The launch comes at a
historic time when the nation is poised to transform from the past
legacies of man-made crises into a more transparent and accountable
leadership devout from corruption and lack of integrity wrangles.
Richard Morgan Tsvangirai together with human rights lawyers Beatrice
Mtetwa, Alec Muchadehama and constitution lawyer and expert Lovemore
Madhuku were honored for their outstanding contributions in defending
human rights, people's freedoms and promoting peace. The awards
were a token to honor some of the unsung heroes of the struggle
for human rights and democratic space.
The launch of the peace
building initiative marks a lifetime journey towards broking strategic
relationships among the major stakeholders to peace building with
the aim of peace building skills building, raising awareness in
peace building and national healing.
DPM Khupe applauded the
consortium directors of the four organizations Alois Chaumba, Fortune
Muchuchuti, Philip Pasirayi and Tichanzii Gandanga for bringing
key stakeholders together on peace initiatives.
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